Master of Science in Chemical Sciences

Are you interested in graduate-level studies in chemistry or biochemistry? The Master of Science in Chemical Sciences (MSCB) is a thesis-based program with tracks in chemistry and biochemistry, designed for you to complete your coursework and thesis research within two academic years.

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, part of KSU’s College of Science and Mathematics (CSM), offers this broad-based, interdisciplinary program. The curriculum is flexible and can be customized to fit your particular background and research interests. You will begin work with potential research mentors on projects that demonstrate the interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary nature of inquiry in the chemical sciences. In your second year, you'll work closely with your mentor on your thesis project. 

Research opportunities are available in all areas of chemistry and biochemistry, from synthetic organic chemistry to enzymology. MSCB will prepare you to think in an interdisciplinary fashion about problems in chemistry, biochemistry and many other related areas of study. 

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Program Snapshot

Program Format: Face-to-Face 

Number of Credit Hours: 33 Total Hours

Entry Terms: Fall

Time to Complete: Two-year Program

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall, April 1st
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Admissions Requirements

The following are requirements beyond the general KSU Graduate Admissions requirements: 

  • Online Graduate Application - There is a non-refundable $60 application fee. This program reviews applications for Fall semesters only. The application deadline is April 1.
  • Transcripts - Official transcripts from EACH College and/or University you have attended. Must be in a sealed envelope from the institution or sent electronically from the institution directly to ksugrad@kennesaw.edu.
  • Statement of Research Interests - Can be uploaded into the online application. Should strongly indicate research area of interest (to be done with faculty member) and background information that may be relevant to succeeding in the program.
  • References- Names and contact information for two persons familiar with the applicant’s potential to complete successful graduate work.
  • Optional- Two Letters of Recommendation - Should be from persons familiar with the applicant's potential to complete successful graduate work. 
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Chemical Sciences Degree Benefits at Kennesaw State

  • Competitive Stipends and Tuition Waivers – As a qualified admitted student to the program, you could be awarded a teaching or research assistantship. This award includes a tuition waiver and a stipend of $13,200 for the first ten months in the program.

  • Interdisciplinary Research Projects – You will have the opportunity to assist faculty in funded research projects demonstrating the interdisciplinary nature of chemistry and biochemistry. This experience prepares you for your thesis research work.                                                                                                                                                    
  • Curriculum and Research Flexibility – The Chemical Sciences program can be customized to fit your background and research interests, with ongoing research projects taking place in traditional sub-disciplines of chemistry and biochemistry as well as in sub-specialty areas such as chemical biology, astrochemistry and materials science, including nanochemistry.

What can you do with a Chemical Sciences degree?

  • Forensic Scientist
  • Biochemistry Teacher
  • Research Scientist
  • Bioanalyst
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Chemistry Teacher
  • Water Chemist
  • Quality Control Chemist
  • Toxicologist
  • Hazardous Waste Chemist

Chemical Sciences Salary and Career Information


Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Kennesaw State University
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Science Building, Building #370
370 Paulding Ave NW, MD#1203
Kennesaw, GA 30144

Phone: (470) 578-6159

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